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Star Jones    

Former Co-Host of "The View", Social Justice & Heart Disease Advocate

Star Jones is a lawyer, journalist, television personality, fashion designer, author, and women's and diversity advocate. She is best known as one of the original co-hosts on the ABC morning talk show "The View", on which she appeared from 1997 to 2006. She was also one of sixteen contestants of the fourth installment of "The Celebrity Apprentice" in 2011, coming in fifth place.

She has written two best-selling nonfiction books: "You Have to Stand for Something, or You'll Fall for Anything" and "Shine... A Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Journey to Finding Love". Jones' third book, "Satan's Sisters", is a fictional account of the behind-the-scenes workings of a daytime talk show.

Jones is heavily involved in numerous philanthropic efforts and has served on the Board of Directors/Trustees for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, God's Love We Deliver, The National Urban League, The East Harlem School at Exodus House, Girls, Inc., and Dress for Success Worldwide.

An avid heart health advocate, Jones underwent successful open heart surgery in March 2010. In 2011, she was named The American Heart Association's National Volunteer.

Speech Topics

Stand for Something or You'll Fall for Anything

Lessons from the Heart

Star Jones thought she was doing everything right: her breathing had improved tremendously since successful weight loss surgery; she was practicing portion control and exercising regularly. But she wasn't feeling right - a dragging fatigue had overtaken her and she was experiencing shortness of breath and intermittent pain and heart palpitations. So, after a few weeks of troubling symptoms, Jones went to the doctor, where extensive testing confirmed what she had hoped never to hear: she had cardiovascular disease and needed open heart surgery.

A week before her 48th birthday, doctors performed open heart surgery on Jones, stopping her heart for 22 minutes. She emerged complication free and dedicated to taking care of her heart and her body. Jones spent the five years that followed getting herself in the best physical and emotional health possible, including grueling cardiac rehab, and now counts heart health as her new mission in life. She competed on The Celebrity Apprentice on behalf of The American Heart Association and has been named the organization's National Volunteer. In her inspiring, personal talk, Jones urges audiences to remember the proverb she now lives by: "She who has health has hope, and she who has hope has everything."

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